Not all Michganders are this snobby. Living here and fishing in those
rivers regularly, I have found ways to avoid the canoe hatch (in the summer
I put in around 5pm and fish until dark), and while I have found the
crotchety old fools, most are more than willing to share new knowledge and
their stream with others.

Ed Roden
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find it in yourself, you will find it in them. That's leadership.

On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 2:58 PM, Allan Fish <afi...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> This brings to mind a couple of interesting (at least they are to me)
> stories.
>
> 1. Our club used to go up to Michigan to fish for trout in the Ausable
> River.  In the summer, there was allways a big 'canoe hatch'.  We'd come in
> at night and there would be a bunch of the guys griping about the canoe
> hatch.  I told them I enjoyed the canoe hatch.  I would throw a weighted
> nymph in right behind the canoe as the would go past (sometimes sideways)
> and usually catch a trout. My theory was that the unskilled paddlers were
> stirring up the bottom and the fish would key in on the goodies that they
> stirred up.   I don't think I ever converted anyone to my tactic.
>
> 2.  One time I took my wife up there.  We were fishing the South Branch.
> Three guys came up to the stream and the older guy started yelling and
> cussing that we were fishing "in MY spot"!  That was not too long after I
> had my first knee replacement and was still walking with a cane (which, by
> the way, makes a good wading staff).  I refused to move.  And that S.O.B.
> (silly old boy) got into the stream and stomped right up the middle through
> where we were fishing, still yelling and cussing, while his son was yelling
> back at him saying, "Dad, CALM DOWN."  We left and I haven't fished that
> stream since.
>
> So I've got mixed emotions.  If that's how Michiganders treat folks who
> pay about 10 times what they do for a fishing license, they can keep their
> over-fished streams.  However, if I ever go up there with a group again,
> I'll hope for a good canoe hatch.  <g>
>
> af
>
>
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